Admission Requirements

Applications by transfer students for direct admission to the public health major are not being accepted at this time. Transfer students interested in joining the public health major should declare a public health interest in CLAS and apply through standard admission after completing the prerequisites. Please contact Margaret Chorazy ( for more information.

In order to apply, students interested in admission to the College of Public Health must complete the online application for current UI students changing colleges by February 1.

Students must meet the following requirements by the end of the semester in which you intend to apply:

  • completion of at least 12 s.h. at the University of Iowa;
  • completion of CPH:1400 Fundamentals of Public Health with a grade of B- or higher;
  • completion of CPH:1600 Public Health Science: Inquiry and Investigation in Public Health with a grade of B- or higher; and
  • a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in all courses taken at the University of Iowa and in all college-level course work attempted.

Please note that students can take CPH:1400 and CPH:1600 during the same semester that they are applying to the major; the classes don’t have to be completed before submitting their application.

Students who are denied standard admission may file an appeal for admission to the College of Public Health

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English also must meet the university's English Proficiency Requirements.

Application Process

Application Deadlines

Deadlines to apply to the College of Public Health:

  • February 1—for Fall Semester

Degree Audit

When you are admitted, a Degree Audit will become part of your Admissions Profile in MyUI. The audit:

  • specifies which General Education Program Requirements you still need to fulfill,
  • indicates (for pre-business, pre-nursing, and pre-pharmacy students) which prerequisite courses necessary for applying to the respective colleges need to be fulfilled, and
  • monitors other degree requirements including semester hours, GPA, residency requirement, and college-specific regulations.

Credit Evaluation

The Office of Admissions evaluates transfer courses on General Education Program requirements, as well as a number of courses applicable to the requirements of your major. Your major department makes decisions about how the rest of your transfer courses apply toward the requirements for your major.

Course Equivalency Guide

Search the Transfer Equivalency Guide for commonly transferred courses offered at other Iowa institutions and our major out-of-state transfer colleges. The system is designed for prospective students who want to know how courses will transfer to Iowa and for UI students who plan to take courses at other institutions in the summer or at other times.